Salutes & Awards

December 6, 2013

CDC caregivers recognized for years of service

Tags:
Senior Airman GRACE LEE
56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Lt. Col. Todd Ladd, left, 56th Force Support Squadron commander, and Col. Nathan Mooney, 56th Mission Support Group commander, pose with child caregivers Nov. 18 at the Luke Air Force Base Child Development Center. The women were awarded for more than 20 years of dedicated service to the CDC.

Caring for children from a few months old to age 5 isn’t a job for everyone. It takes a person with patience, nurturing, kindness and love.

Seven women with a passion for child care were awarded longevity certificates Nov.18, recognizing more than 20 years of service at the 56th Force Support Squadron Child Development Center at Luke Air Force Base.

“We found out we had a group of women here who have worked for the CDC for more than 20 years each and thought it would be great to recognize them,” said Staff Sgt. Alexandria Straub, 56th Medical Support Squadron manpower manager and parent advisory board president.

For Straub, child caregivers at the CDC do more than watch over their children.

“I work from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday,” Straub said. “My kid spends more time with the caregivers at the CDC than with me during the work week. They’re a huge part of our lives and teach our children how to walk and much more. My daughter, who’s 2, actually learned how to count and say her ABCs from the caregivers at the CDC.”

One caregiver, who was recognized for 34 years of service, has been working for the CDC since 1978.
“I was 19, newly married, my husband was in the military and one day I decided to apply at the CDC at Fairchild Air Force Base, our first duty station,” said Dyane Robinson, 56th FSS CDC education technician. “I loved it and stuck with it. What I love most about working at the CDC are the children. I get up every morning thinking about my kids, and I truly believe this is what God gifted me to do. He gave me patience, love and kindness. My children are an extension of who I am because when they aren’t here, they represent me.”

Col. Nathan Mooney, 56th Mission Support Group commander, attended the event.

“I am so proud of these women because they’ve (each) dedicated more than 20 years of their lives to taking care of children,” he said. “Being married to a school teacher, I know it’s not just a 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. kind of job. It’s a constant labor of love. And for 20-plus years these caregivers have ensured their kids are safe, learning and having fun. My heart goes out to these women for that.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Staff Sgt. 
STACI MILLER

CMS aircraft fuel systems provides push for pilot

Staff Sgt.STACI MILLER Airman 1st Class Gary Esposito, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron aircraft fuel systems apprentice, prepares to inspect a 370-gallon external fuel tank on Luke Air Force Base. Esposito inspected the tan...
 
 
Senior Airman 
GRACE LEE

Latest F-35 has fastest induction to ALIS

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE The 14th F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter to arrive at Luke Air Force Base is shown Dec. 5 on the flightline. Airmen at the 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit worked quickly to get the aircraft ready to...
 
 

Gratitude cultivates exceptional leadership

Several months ago I was inspired by the phrase “cultivate an attitude of gratitude.” The topic was presented in a religious context; however, I found these words significant and profound when considered as a tenent of exceptional leadership. Cultivate is an action verb. The word brings to mind images of an experienced gardener patiently tending...
 

 

Leadership vs. management

Have you ever had a boss or someone that made you want to come to work every day, someone you would do anything for without question? Then you were probably working beside a leader, not a manager. The biggest difference between managers and leaders is the way they motivate people who work for or follow...
 
 

Decking the halls …

Staff Sgt. Timothy Boyer Andrea Mathis, 56th Force Support Squadron Fighter Country Inn accounting clerk, decorates a Christmas tree Dec. 4 in the lobby at the Fighter Country Inn at Luke Air Force Base. Base lodging is available to active-duty service members, retirees and dependents on a space-available basis. For more information, call 623-856-3941.
 
 

Safety begins with asking ‘What could go wrong?’

I’m sure most of us have been told to “be safe” at some point either by a commander, supervisor or even a co-worker. This holiday season will probably not be any different. Someone will use this simple phrase in the next few weeks, and it will feel like a cliché to you, but what does...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin